The first Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was able to come to power, taking advantage of the fact that Western journalists and intellectuals did not know the language in which he spoke Farsi, and relied exclusively on the translation that is provided closest associates of the Iranian political figure. In this it has convicted a former journalist “Bi-bi-si”, the current senior researcher at the Carnegie institution’s Kim Ghattas (Kim Ghattas) in his book “Black wave” (Black Wave), reports The Washington Examiner.
According to Ghattas, the support of Western media and intellectuals, with whom Khomeini spoke, while in Paris after he was expelled from Iran in 1964, played a crucial role in strengthening the international influence of the Ayatollah. So, for four months, which Khomeini lived in Paris, he gave a total of 132 interviews and became the “face of the revolution, recognizable around the world,” notes the author.
The message of Khomeini, intended for the Western media and the Iranians, was significantly different: the speech of the Ayatollah, addressed to his fellow citizens, was a radical and reactionary, while foreign journalists heard only carefully chosen words and gave it their support. In the first place, says Ghattas, it was a credit to a close associate of Khomeini Abolhasan Banisadr, who later became the first President of Iran, and in Paris performed including interpreter Ayatollah when dealing with the press.
“Banisadr translated (and sometimes deliberately misinterpreted), added context and smoothed out the rough edges for sensitive Western reporters, writes Ghattas. — As a result they have the impression that this sage-ascetic absolutely not interested in politics and plans to spend the rest of his days in a Seminary in Qom once the Shah’s regime will fall and he will be able to return to Iran.”
As the author notes, Khomeini and his allies managed to fool Western journalists, and use their confidence to their advantage. “They wanted to believe in Khomeini-the sage sitting under the Apple tree,” she writes.
Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranian politician, the spiritual and political leader of the Islamic revolution of 1979. He held the post of Supreme leader of Iran since the revolution until his death in 1989.
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